Kevin Sullivan discussed WCW’s “Dungeon Of Doom” stable on this week’s “Taskmaster Talks” podcast.
Sullivan talked about how the stable was created, who came up with the cartoony gimmicks, Hulk Hogan’s involvement and more. Sullivan breaks down specific angles and every character including Sting, Lex Luger, The Giant, The Zodiac and more.
Here are some highlights:
Thoughts on starting the Dungeon of Doom with himself, Avalanche (John Tenta/Earthquake) and Brutus Beefcake: “Hulk was really comfortable with those two guys so I said ok. He had drawn money with John and Brutus was a dear friend and it put him at ease too. I didn’t have put him in there he had not worked with or might not have been comfortable with. I needed to do my job and I wanted him to feel comfortable with me.”
His explanation of why Beefcake’s name of The Butcher had to be changed: “I’m sure Hogan and him got together and came up with the name. That cost WCW, I’m estimating, $100,000 because Abdullah the Butcher sued them. I didn’t know how John became the Shark. I’m not sure who came up with that. You have to understand that these guys were very loyal to Hulk. If Hulk came up with the name, they are going to say yes. That’s no disrespect to them. It wasn’t that they were just followers. They believed in Hulk because they drew huge money with him in New York. His track record in drawing money was second to none.”
Here is the clip of Brutus Beefcake in 1994 becoming The Butcher when he turned heel on Hulk Hogan.